Long-awaited upgrades begin on Milvale Road

This is the first stage of the $2.1 million upgrades on Milvale Road. This stage will continue for about five weeks. Photo: Peter Guthrie
This is the first stage of the $2.1 million upgrades on Milvale Road. This stage will continue for about five weeks. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Long-awaited upgrades to Milvale Road have began.

Council said works started recently between Chillingworks Road and Penrose Bridge, near Rockdale Road, Young.

This is the first stage of the $2.1 million upgrades.

These initial works will involve pavement and shoulder works from Penrose Bridge to Wickham Lane, and will continue for the next five weeks.

The overall project is to reconstruct the pavement on Milvale Road from Penrose Bridge to Chillingworks Road.

It will include a sealed shoulder area for heavy vehicle parking, a designated b-double decouple area on Old Temora Road and the construction of a truck driver access only toilet and shower block.

A fast fill water outlet for bulk tankers is also being incorporated into the project, replacing the current access point on the Olympic Highway, south of Young.

Stormwater drainage improvement is included.

The project is funded by federal government grants.

A bit over $900,000 was contributed from the federal government in 2018.

However, it wasn't until May last year that the full cost of the project was fulfilled, thanks to an injection of funds from the federal government supporting local councils.

Concerns from residents of the road surface has slowly increased more and more over recent years.

Many have been frustrated by "constant patching" works, as put by a letter writer last year.

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